Long Beach, California is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots to buy real estate on the SOCAL coastline. From beach front views to amazing restaurants, shopping and activities, Long Beach is the go to place to buy right now.
About Long Beach, CA
Tucked in along the waterfront centrally located to Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach is comprised of eight distinct neighborhoods including Downtown, Naples and Belmont Shore. Long Beach is an urban waterfront playground that features museums, aquariums, live music, great food and more! Below we break down some of our favorite things to do in Long Beach.
One of the most famous attractions in Long Beach is the Queen Mary, an elegant Cunard cruise liner that retired to life as a hotel in the 1960s. The ship is best known for its Art Deco interior, including wood paneling, glass inlays and other elegant design touches.
Whether you come to visit the ship for a day or decide to spend the night, the ship is worth a visit!
LA might have Venice but Long Beach has Naples. The upscale residential neighborhood has three canals that are so beautiful that you’d think you were transported Italy itself. The canals feature gondolas complete with gondoliers wearing black-and-white striped shirts just like they would in Italy.
For a fun date night out check out Gondola Getaway — in addition to the ride, gondoliers give you a glass of wine to enjoy along the way.
If you thought that you’ve even to aquarium before, we can promise you have never experienced something quite like the Aquarium of the Pacific. It is a multilevel complex with some 11,000 marine life species and a specific focus on the Pacific Ocean.
The aquarium features the usual hands-on experiences as well as animals such as sea lions, sharks and colorful fish. But unlike other aquariums, it features there are photo exhibits (as well as contests), a movie screening room, summer and winter day camps for kids, a sea turtle rehabilitation center, periodic opportunities to feed animals such as penguins, and more. The Aquarium of the Pacific is a truly one of a kind experience.
Long Beach isn’t just a quaint beach town, it also has a diverse art scene. The Museum of Latin American Art, aka MOLAA, is the only art museum dedicated exclusively to modern and contemporary work by Latin American artists in the United States. The museum might be small but don’t let that fool you, it's jam-packed with work in a variety of styles. While there, be sure to check out the museum's most beloved spot is the sculpture garden in the back (walk past the restrooms and down the hall to get there). You’ll feel like you stumbled upon a sunny Mexican hacienda, complete with cacti and native palms alongside abstract metal and clay sculptures.